When Living Shores Aquarium at Story Land in Glen opened for business in November 2019, we thought it was a bad idea and said so. Just four months later, the aquarium was written up for Animal Welfare Act violations.
NHARL had a busy and productive day tabling at the New England Dog Expo hosted by Good Mojo University in Milford. We promoted our advocacy work and spotlighted the benefits of a vegan diet — both for people and for dogs. We had many good conversations and handed out a lot of vegan dog treats and vegan “people treats.” On top of that, we got 14 new names for our mailing list and collected some cash donations for NHARL.
Special thanks to Camberville Dog Treats, V-Dog, and Bobo’s bakery for donating the treats, and to Good Mojo University for inviting us.
Animal-rights protesters target Living Shores Aquarium at Story Land
By John Koziol, Union Leader Correspondent — Nov 10, 2019
GLEN — Two animal-rights groups held a protest Saturday outside the new Living Shores Aquarium at Story Land, questioning the commitment to animal welfare and giving a special nod to Lolita, an orca in Miami.
From noon until 2 p.m., about 10 people, representing the New Hampshire Animal Rights League and Until Lolita is Home, stood on the side of Route 16 in front of the aquarium, some holding signs that read, among other messages, “Animals are not our entertainment,” “Otters belong in the wild” and “Freedom matters to all.”
The protest generated no confrontations — a Bartlett police officer in a marked vehicle was in the Story Land parking lot nearby — but the protest did get many honks of support from passing drivers and at least one very loud, very clear expression of opposition from the driver of a bright red pickup truck. Continue reading “Protesting at Living Shores Aquarium”→
The NH Animal Rights League provides free signs to anyone who wishes to post their property against hunting.
Hunting season begins September 1, so now is the time to post your property.
On September 1, bear hunting season begins in New Hampshire. In this state it’s legal to hunt bears over bait, by stalking, or with hounds.
Although hunters must get your permission to place bait on your property, they do not need your permission to hunt with hounds. So if you don’t post your property against hunting, “hounders” are free to chase, tree, and shoot a bear on your property. It’s not uncommon for still-lactating females to be inadvertently killed, leaving orphaned cubs behind.
NHARL joined with other animal rights groups outside the Miss New Hampshire competition to protest the awarding of a fur coat to the winner. Kristina Snyder led the initiative and was quoted by the Eagle Tribune:
“It is time that the Miss New Hampshire Organization and indeed Miss America’s as well, takes a stand against cruelty to animals and says ‘no’ to this fur coat… These young women are supposed to reflect today’s society and trends. They should show independence, compassion, and caring towards animals. By staying stuck in the past and accepting a fur coat made from tortured animals, instead it shows a regressive stance by this organization.”
Leghold traps are modern-day torture devices. New Hampshire trappers remove important predators from the ecosystem, including coyotes and foxes which help control Lyme disease.
Leghold traps do not discriminate, often trapping non-target animals. Pets as well as endangered/threatened species, such as American bald eagles and the New England cottontail rabbits, have all been victims of these cruel traps.
Fundraising Campaign to Support Endangered Wild Animals at the
Heron Pond Wetland & Wildlife "Preserve"
An “ecological gem”!
THE WILD ANIMALS ARE AT RISK
Click Photo for Full View. The 270 acres owned by the Town of Milford is home to the Blanding’s Turtle, an “umbrella” species. Being an “umbrella” species means that where the Blanding’s Turtle lives, then so do countless other animal species live under the naturally rich environmental umbrella. This is so true here that the natural resources scientist who studied this place calls it “an ecological gem”! But all these animals, including those that are NH-state threatened and endangered, are at high and imminent risk from development that would negatively transform the habitat. The only hope is good people are working hard to prevent the loss.
HABITAT IS NOT YET PROTECTED
This special place in Milford, NH is outlined in white on the map. Click Photo for Full View. Unfortunately, the “preserve” is not currently protected as conservation land and instead is under intense pressure of development by Milford Town Officials. This means that these wild animals are at dire risk of losing their habitat permanently! The endangered animals in particular are highly susceptible to any habitat loss and many would perish as a result. Click Photo for Full View.
Since 2012 a group of dedicated citizens has been working hard against the intense pressure of development by Milford Town Officials. Being completely volunteer, the Heron Pond Project Team members spend their own money. The Heron Pond Project Team spends money on actions to help the wildlife as needed to protect them and advocate on their behalf. Costs include Turtle Crossing signs; materials for meetings before Town boards and State agencies such as handouts and posters; study of the wildlife, sometimes hiring expert consultants; equipment and gear – for example, night camera, head lamp; and we take legal actions when they are unavoidable such as now. Thank you for considering a donation to protect the Heron Pond Wetland & Wildlife “Preserve”! Email Us for questions, comments, or for more information.
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The NH Animal Rights League is the fiscal agent of the Heron Pond Project Team. This beautiful place needs our help to Save it. From the tiny fairy shrimp in the vernal pool to the whitetail deer on the landscape, they are all important members of NH’s ecosystem and need this rich habitat to survive. Please help by giving a tax deductible donation today. Thank you and our deepest gratitude!
NHARL was pleased to award a $400 matching grant for beaver protection at Sherwood Glen Condominiums in Raymond, NH.
Several years ago, Art Wolinsky and his condo installed flow pipes and fencing with their own money. They recently determined some upkeep was needed—namely, the installation of a culvert protection cage—on this successful project, and so applied for help via this grant, which was approved. NHARL supports and promotes humane and environmentally friendly solutions in beaver management as an alternative to the lethal methods of trapping and killing beavers, offering small matching grants up to $500 towards the installation of these alternative methods (e.g. beaver pipe systems, fencing around trees).
You can watch a Timelapse Video of the April 23, 2018 installation of this outgoing culvert fence by Mike Callahan.
This is the trapping table at the NH Fish and Game’s Discover Wild NH Day. At the same time they were promoting the torture and killing of innocent animals the NH Citizens Against Recreational Trapping and the NH Animal Rights League were right outside the event protesting the torture and killing. It was a huge and successful protest, one of our largest ever.
Anti-trapping protesters hold up signs outside New Hampshire Fish and Game headquarters in Concord during Discover Wild New Hampshire Day, Saturday, April 21, 2018. (Photo by Elizabeth Frantz)